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Web Development Tools and Local Validators

January 14th, 2009 by tamuwebmaster

Nick DeNardis over at .eduGuru recently wrote a post on web development tools. These browser plugins and websites help developers with issues pertaining to website validation, link checking, accessibility, page performance and more. He listed the W3C Markup Validator (aka HTML Validator), but did not list the W3C CSS Validator or the Feed Validator. He did list some browser plugins that will do similiar validation.

I’d like to add one thing to his list for universities in general – running a local copy of the W3C validation services is very valuable. We already run a local copy of the Markup Validator and will very shortly have local copies of the CSS validator and Feed Validator running as well. Having a local copy really helps when validating sites that are still behind the firewall and not accessible via URL to the W3C copy.

You can also set Firefox to use the local copies of the validators as well which will usually lead to faster validation results. It is a good idea for any web developer to take a look at Nick’s list and play with some of the tools you haven’t seen before.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 Accessibility, Browsers/Plug-ins, Future Projects, HTML
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1 Comment to Web Development Tools and Local Validators

  1. Thanks for the great write up and link up to the list of tools.

    Yea I totally overlooked the CSS/Feed validators, I am so use to just using the links in the Web Developer toolbar that it slipped my mind.

    It’s nice that you offer a local validator service. It’s awesome they even offer it for local install and that you guys are validating your local content. I wish high education vendors would jump on board, we see the most issues with their lack of validation/standards.

    Keep up the great work guys!

  2. Nick DeNardis on January 16th, 2009

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